Born 1935 as Marjorie Hellen in Melrose, Massachusetts, American actress Leslie Parrish was a talented and promising piano and composition student at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music at the age of 14.
At the age of 16, Parrish earned money for her tuition by working as a maid and a waitress, and by teaching piano. At the age of 18, to earn enough money to be able to continue her education at the Conservatory, her mother persuaded her to become a model for one year, so that she could continue her studies.
Parrish co-starred/guest-starred in numerous films and television shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She first gained wide attention in the movie version of Li’l Abner (1959), where she changed her name from Marjorie Hellen to Leslie Parrish at the director’s request.
Parrish then appeared in the film The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Other film credits include For Love or Money (1963) and Three on a Couch (1966).
Parrish is also an activist, an environmentalist, a writer, and a producer.
These glamorous photos that captured portrait of young Leslie Parrish in the 1950s and 1960s.